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UF Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access Committee takes the lead in opposing FDOH recommendations for treating gender dysphoria in children

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

A statement written by the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access Committee is being circulated to multiple departments at the University of Florida (UF), asking faculty, post-doctoral fellows, students, and staff of UF to “call on the UF President, UF Provost, UF Faculty Senate, and the Dean of the UF College of Medicine to publicly support the use of accepted best practices from the leading U.S. medical organizations to guide Florida Department of Health policy for the healthcare of transgender and gender-nonconforming adolescents.”

The letter is in response to the April 20 guidance from the Florida Department of Health (FDOH), in which Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo says that the current guidance from the federal government fails “at the most basic level of academic rigor,” adding that “Countries such as Sweden, Finland, France, and the United Kingdom are currently reviewing, reevaluating, stopping, or advising caution on the treatment of gender dysphoria in children and adolescents.”

FDOH’s guidance is based on their assertion that “The current evidence does not support the use of puberty blockers, hormone treatments, or surgical procedures for children and adolescents.”

The Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access Committee (Committee) cites guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the Endocrine Society, and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health and says that Dr. Ladapo is encouraging “the harmful denial of healthcare that meets accepted and vetted standards by the AAP and other leading U.S. medical organizations for transgender and gender-diverse children and adolescents.”

The Committee questions Dr. Ladapo’s expertise in transgender medicine but does not explain why the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation is taking the lead on the letter. The Committee writes, “It is incumbent on us to speak up when academic authority is misused to facilitate state sponsored harm to children and adolescents by attacking their rights (and those of their parents) to healthcare.”

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The letter currently has 16 pages of signatures, many from faculty and staff. While some are from doctors and medical faculty, the majority are from other departments, including the Florida Museum of Natural History, the Department of Classics, the Department of English, the Department of Plant Pathology, the Department of Linguistics, the Center for Latin American Studies, IFAS, the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, the School of Music, the College of Education, the Physics Department, and others.

After reading the Committee’s letter, Jeremy Redfern, Dr. Ladapo’s Press Secretary, sent us the following statement: “The Surgeon General stands by the guidance, as it speaks for itself. Consensus is not science, and the burden of proof is with those claiming a benefit for these life-altering medical procedures. Unlike lobbying groups, such as the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Florida Department of Health is a government institution that is legislatively mandated to protect the health and well-being of over 22 million Floridians, with over 4 million being under the age of 18.”

  • WTF does a “wildlife committee” have a say in raising mentally ill human children? This is what happens when the patients run the Dem asylums. When they tell people in captivity (classrooms) they must tolerate one-sided “free speech” — theirs, not yours. DeSantis should fire and expel them, now.

  • A bunch of brain dead bunny and tree huggers pontificating on what they know diddly squat about. Perfect examples of what a sick joke “academia” as a whole has become, in Florida and nationwide. They all need to be fired, and the whole system needs to be rebuilt.

    • Academia is brainwashed with UN agenda…
      The devil is hiding behind the environment.
      Climate change is a ruse to control the planet
      And take away our freedom…

  • This is wokeism gone wild by disgruntled Democrats. They should stay in their lane. They won’t beat DeSantis in any Elections so this is how they retaliate. Should be fired. I wouldn’t want them teaching my kids.

  • The UF department of wildlife, ecology, & conservation has
    Become perverted. What does inclusion, diversity, & equity have to to with with plants and animals? Are
    Non humans becoming gender dysphoric too?

    • That’s a photo of a queer gator…it’s an “aligaytor”,
      That’s why the added inclusion, diversity, & equity
      In their committee name.

    • This UF committee doesn’t know what anthropomorphism means.

  • Desantis and Republicans in the Florida State Legislature are playing politics with the health of our Florida residents. The actions recommended in this letter are sensible and should be followed by medical practitioners. Expect the Disantis team to attempt to punish the conscientious people who signed it.

    • Politics & the environment? What about particulates & CO2 emissions from
      Biomass plant…should Desantis shut down that boondoggle? That’s sensible. How did that work out
      For the real environmentalists? We lost. Thanks Hanrahan and Democrats.

  • Maybe the governor’s office should look into the funding of that department. Definitely not “staying in their own lane.” Instances wherein medical doctors force their politics on their patients are called “boundary violations”. The UF Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation might be able to inform me about the non-existence of the blue-tongued mango vole, but it has no expertise or authority when it comes to hormonal or surgical treatments that permanently alter our children’s anatomy and reproductive biology.

    • Well said. And churches shouldn’t be getting political
      With messages like “we say gay and trans” like the
      Banner at the Universal Church of GNV. @ NW
      17th st & 5th Ave. They need to lose their 501c3
      Tax exempt status. They are in violation of the law.
      Someone forward this to the IRS. I think Tallahassee
      Needs to review the funding they are giving to UF if
      It’s departments don’t stay in their lane. This committee
      Is out of order.

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    • “The Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access Committee (Committee) cites guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the Endocrine Society, and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health”

      • Endocrine Society is a global community of 18000-plus endocrine investigators and clinicians more than 100 countries

      • American Psychiatric Association wants you on suicide pills faster now

      • Medical Whores proud to CorporateCovidTorture like anthropology vultures

    • The American Academy of Pediatrics, 67,000 members. Founded: June 23, 1930. Obey doomed slaves today

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  • Every professor who signed that letter should be fired at the very least.

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